“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right”
Where are you now? I don’t mean this literally of course, just think about your level of satisfaction with your life at the moment. Now where do you see yourself in 5 year’s time? Better still; think about your life 5 years ago and how things have changed. I would imagine quite a lot has happened in that time, but rather than just reminiscing about the past try to remember goals you set yourself back then and what you have done to achieve them? After doing this, consider where you want to be 5 years from now.
All of us have the power to make choices, sometimes we lose sight of this basic human right and we end up giving our life up to fate. By doing this we relinquish ownership of the direction our lives take. Fate won’t make you exercise, it doesn’t stop you from eating chocolate cake and it certainly can’t help you to fit into your skinny jeans. Fate won’t make decisions for you and waiting for it to give you a perfect life is just a waste of a life.
Goals have to be grabbed in both hands and steered where you want them to go. Right now start imagining what you want for your life. Next, think about what you can do to achieve your goals. And finally set yourself a deadline and work towards it.
For years I have toyed with the idea of running a marathon, but I always let something hold me back. Year 1, I decided I needed to concentrate more on my social life than running the roads. Year 2, I was up to my eyes with a promotion in work and just couldn’t fit in the time for training. Year 3…well I found another excuse to delay my goal. I really wanted to complete a marathon, but I was waiting for fate to step in and offer me the perfect timing. Six years after first picturing myself crossing the finish line, I am still a marathon virgin.
This year something changed for me, excuses stopped and instead I set myself a goal. I am finally going to run a marathon or at least give it my best shot. Two months ago I did my first 10k run in about 15 years. The feeling of euphoria and achievement after doing this was amazing and to say I was ecstatic is an understatement. I was getting closer to my goal, but more than that I felt I was making a dream a reality. Making a wish, goal…whatever you want to call it into reality is one of the most empowering things you can do for yourself.
My example may be trivial compared to some ambition you have, but the same theory applies. You get to decide, right now, where you want to be next week, next month and in 5 years’ time. Don’t wait until the time is right -plan, set your goal, whether it is to run Race for Life, participate in a marathon or to stay running for a full 5 minutes - if you think you can do it, you can!
Break it down: Where do you want to be in 6 months’ time and how will you make this happen? One step, One minute, One mile…over to you
As long as you're moving forward, you will eventually reach the top.
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